Human Population

Its Influences on Biological Diversity

  • Richard P. Cincotta
  • Larry J. Gorenflo

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 214)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. General Theoretical and Empirical Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Richard P. Cincotta, L. J. Gorenflo
      Pages 1-9
  3. General Theoretical and Empirical Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Lee Hachadoorian, Stuart R. Gaffin, Robert Engelman
      Pages 13-25
    3. Christopher Small
      Pages 27-46
    4. Katalin Szlavecz, Paige Warren, Steward Pickett
      Pages 75-101
  4. Interactions in Specific Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Li An, Marc Linderman, Guangming He, Zhiyun Ouyang, Jianguo Liu
      Pages 179-195
    3. L. J. Gorenflo, Catherine Corson, Kenneth M. Chomitz, Grady Harper, Miroslav Honzák, Berk Özler
      Pages 197-221
  5. Perspectives on Human Interactions with Biological Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-242

About this book


In this volume the dynamic patterns of human density and distribution are examined in relation to the viability of native species and the integrity of their habitats. Social, biological, and earth scientists describe their models, outline their conclusions from field studies, and review the contributions of other scientists whose work is essential to this field. The book starts with general theories and broad empirical relationships that help explain dramatic changes in the patterns of the occurrence of species, changes that have developed in parallel with human population growth, migration and settlement. In the following chapters specific biomes and ecosystems are highlighted as the context for human interactions with other species. A discussion of the key themes and findings covered rounds out the volume. All in all, the work presents our species, Homo sapiens, as what we truly have been and will likely remain—an influential, and often the most influential, constituent in nearly every major ecosystem on Earth.


biodiversity conservation of nature ecosystem environment human population

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard P. Cincotta
    • 1
  • Larry J. Gorenflo
    • 2
  1. 1., Demographer-in-residenceThe Stimson CenterWashingtonUSA
  2. 2., Department of Landscape ArchitecturePennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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